* Up to 200 runners expected to take part in Run in The Dark in support of the Mark Pollock Trust
* Sign up at https://www.runinthedark.org/galway/
Run In The Dark
The global running movement, Run in the Dark, returns to Galway on 14th November for its 5th year. Participants can join the 5k or 10k run taking them along Salthill Promenade in a unique night running experience, led by local woman Joanne Sweeney-Burke. Run in the Dark is the main fundraiser of the Mark Pollock Trust, which is named after blind Irish adventure athlete Mark Pollock. Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 when he fell from a second-storey window, which left him paralysed. Prior to the accident, Mark had competed in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps and was the first blind person to race to the South Pole.
The first Run in the Dark took place in Trinity College Dublin in 2011 to support Mark while he was still in hospital. Powered by Mark’s friends and the Irish expat community, the event quickly spread beyond Ireland to all corners of the world, with runs taking place in Edmonton, New York, Luxembourg, Sydney, and Singapore, all in support of the Mark Pollock Trust.
The Mark Pollock Trust
In the past year, fuelled by Run in the Dark, the Mark Pollock Trust has secured two new sets of Ekso Bionics robotic legs worth more than $400,000. Both exoskeletons are used as research devices in Irish universities in studies with paralysed people.
Commenting on his quest to cure paralysis Mark Pollock said: “We believe we can cure paralysis in our lifetime. And, right now, we are at an exciting inflection point with the research. Breakthrough therapies have been discovered and some will be made available to paralysed people within the next 10 years, if we support our collaborators to navigate a pathway from scientific breakthrough, to regulatory approval and commercialisation. By making these therapies available, we will change the lives of up to 500,000 people worldwide who suffer the injury each year.”
Joanne Sweeney-Burke, organiser of Run in the Dark Galway said: “We are delighted to bring Run in the Dark to Galway again this year. Run in the Dark is one of the highlights of the running calendar in Galway, not just because of the unique experience, but also due to the important cause powering the event. Every run entry, every donation, every step moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.”
JSB IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK POLLOCK
JSB has been partnered with the Mark Pollock Trust for the past 5 years. As Digital Training Institute‘s chosen charity, there are a number of reasons why JSB is such a strong supporter, her natural love of running, a shared zest for life and a kinship for a very worthy cause make the partnership mutually beneficial.
Mark and JSB chat about the pivotal role of Run in The Dark on journeying to cure paralysis.
Sign up to Run in the Dark Galway on 14th November at 8 pm at https://www.runinthedark.org/galway